The footwear pilgrimage is alive and well in Elche! Salvador Artesano has over 40 years' experience manufacturing shoes and is a pioneer in industrial tourism. In fact, they have a factory shop that is the largest in Europe.
The store is amazing. It has everything for everyone (hence the slogan "Shoes for everyone.") They also offer all kinds of items from leather goods to some really unexpected items. They have sections for children and also for special sizes.
You can visit the factory and then buy the shoes in the store. There are over 100 people working daily in the factory, and it's an experience for the whole family. I'm sure you'll leave with good memories and hey, maybe even a pair or two of shoes!
There are many adventure activities in Elche and one of the best is hot air ballooning. Seeing the region of Baix Vinalopó from over a thousand feet high is an exciting experience. You can see farmland, wetlands, the area's extensive coastline, and of course the massive expanse of palm trees.
The trips last for three or four hours from the inflation of the balloon to the picnic and champagne toast at the end. Flight time is approximately one hour. You'll need some form of private transportation to reach the meeting point.
You can also find packages selling a hotel stay and a balloon ride combo.